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May 19, 2019

Jackson gets new interpretive signs

Four new wayside signs have appeared at the Jackson County Greenway, East LaPorte Park and South Painter Park, thanks to a grant from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.

Two of the signs explain the history of logging in the area, while the other two go into natural and agricultural history discussing native and invasive plants, and the Cullowhee Community Garden.

The four new signs join two existing wayside signs sponsored by the Cullowhee Revitalization Endeavor and telling the story of Cullowhee as the domain of Judaculla, a mythical giant who protected Cherokee territory, and of a 1940 flood that took out the bridge over the Tuckasegee River on Old Cullowhee Road.

Retired Western Carolina University professor Anna Fariello wrote and designed the signs with help from county historian Bill Crawford and the Jackson County Genealogical Society.

About The Author

Andy has worked in broadcasting around Western North Carolina over the last 17 years. He serves as the Operations Manager and Program Director for WRGC and WBHN. “I’ve been with the crew here at Five Forty Broadcasting since the idea of bringing the station back to Jackson County at 540-AM. I feel a personal connection with community radio and the area”. In the past, Andy has worked with iHeart Media and Sky Country Broadcasting. He resides in Haywood County.

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